San Diego News 10 reported that 77-year-old James Cummings of Ocean Beach was fatally injured as a result of an auto accident on July 7, 2011. The fatal accident happened around 12:30 a.m. and was caused by an unnamed 15-year-old boy who was joy-riding in his mother’s Toyota 4-Runner with four of his friends. He missed a turnoff on Ingram Street and backed up into oncoming traffic on Sea World Drive. Cummins traveling west bound in his Mercury LTD ran into the rear of the SUV and had to be cut from his vehicle before being taken to UCSD Medical Center where he died around 5 a.m.. Cummins, a physicist at the Naval Warfare Systems Center for 54 years, was a dedicated employee. His supervisor Alan Lockwood was quoted as saying “He had kind of a southern charm. He would tell the ladies ‘I love you’ and ‘I love you, sweetheart’… that kind of thing and they would just smile at him.” Lockwood said Cummins was always upbeat and did not have the personality of a typical scientist. He was also dedicated to his work. “I asked him one time, ‘Why don’t you retire?’ And he said, ‘Well, this is my life,’” said Lockwood. “He said as long as he could walk across the street from the parking lot he would keep coming every day.”. Cummins was known to be somewhat eccentric and would often sleep in his car. Kevin, his grandson, said “Nobody could ever put a finger on why he was that way, but – I don’t know – he was just different than everyone else.” Kevin said “Gramps” was like Leonardo DaVinci, a genius with quirks.
Our condolences to the Cummins family and friends.
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